Secretary Blinken Presents Budget Request to Foreign Affairs Committee

Secretary Blinken urges Congress to address “intense competition” in post-Cold War world.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken delivered the 2024 budget proposal for his department to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, emphasizing the historical turning point he sees manifesting in the world at large. “We do meet at an inflection point,” Secretary Blinken said in his opening statement. “The post-Cold War world is over. There is an intense competition underway to determine what comes next.”

His proposed budget emphasizes an increase in diplomatic focus on the Indo-Pacific region to suitably combat the agenda of the People’s Republic of China. It also proposes an increase in contributions to USAID, offering help and stability to areas of the world disproportionately affected by war, climate change, and natural disasters.

“The United States has a positive vision for the future: a world that is free, that is open, secure, and that’s prosperous,” Secretary Blinken said. “The budget that we put before you will, in our judgment, advance that vision and deliver on the issues that matter most to the American people by preparing us to meet two major sets of challenges that are distinct but also overlapping.”

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • That Secretary Blinken effectively made his case before the Foreign Affairs Committee.
  • That the Department of State receives the support necessary to achieve the vision of the United States.
  • For the Lord to oversee the history of the world as it unfolds every present day.

Sources: Department of State


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